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It’s not often that a sport’s national championship event comes to Delaware. But that’s just what happened this past weekend as the American Platform Tennis Association’s (APTA) mixed doubles tournament was played in Wilmington.

Known commonly by enthusiasts as “paddle tennis,” the APTA’s mixed (one man, one woman per team!) tourney drew the sport’s top players from around the country.  The weekend kicked off with a husband and wife tourney on Friday, with New York’s Kerri Delmonico and Mike Stulac besting a tough 44-team field.

The Delmonico/Stulac duo also showed up in Sunday’s mixed dubs finals, facing Aila Main and David Caldwell.  The standing-room-only crowd of delighted spectators at Greenville Country Club (including local legend and multiple national champion Cindy Prendergast, who lost in the semis) were treated to an extraordinary demonstration of athleticism, strategy and grace – with Main and Caldwell ultimately prevailing, 7-6, 7-5.  An amazing battle of champions!

In all, 64 teams competed for the national crown, including dozens of local players who helped tournament organizers Jeff Nielsen and Simon Peppiat ensure that Delaware hosted this prestigious event with great style and elan.

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